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Bosworth Hits Ground Running

Judi Bosworth indicated in an interview with the New Hyde Park Illustrated News that the town is awaiting results of the financial and operational audit of the town’s Clinton G. Martin Park District. 

 

Nassau County is conducting the audit. The investigation stems from 2011, when Comptroller George Maragos asked to analyze the park district’s records citing misappropriated funds alleged by district residents.

 

In February 2013, a State Supreme Court appellate decision ruled the county could do the audit. The town appealed, arguing the audit was unconstitutional, but was denied.

 

“The audit is taking place,” Bosworth said during an interview with the New Hyde Park Illustrated News. Bosworth lives in a special park district. “I believe the records that have been asked for have been given to the comptroller. I guess we’re all waiting for the results.

I can understand the concerns the North New Hyde Park community had.”

 

Bosworth hit the ground running after she was sworn in New Year’s Day and underwent a “trial by snow” as it snowed and snowed again.

 

Bosworth embraced a new challenge, as she had to make sure the 600 miles of roads in North Hempstead were clear and safe. “The town staff is extraordinary, they all pulled together,” she said. The very first day, Bosworth began to meet with staff members and began to develop strategies to remove snow quickly. The parks department “worked almost non-stop,” she said.

 

And then, of course, the snowstorms brought about another problem: potholes. The public is urged to call the town at 311 whenever they spot one and Bosworth said that her policy is to repair a pothole within 48 hours of a report coming in. For those few whose call to 311 ends up as a call to New York City’s 311, those calls should instead be made to 869-6311 in order to reach North Hempstead. 

 

As for money needed for pre-storm and post-storm issues, Bosworth did note that “money spent on storms will impact the way we look at the budget.”

 

As Boworth stepped into her new job, she was well aware of the criticisms regarding the town’s building department and permits and she put remediation plans as a top priority. Bosworth immediately hired an applicant advocate, Lauren Summa, whose job is to look

into building department permits and help move them along. In addition, mobile building department offices have been set up. “And we are doing a top-to-bottom analysis,” Bosworth said, adding that she will make very sure that the corruption discovered years ago will not crop up again. She also said that she wants to be sure that the building department is “an advocate, not an adversary... we are here to be sure that people are all treated with respect.”

 

Bosworth has pushed making the town board meetings more accessible to residents. Since taking office, she has pushed for the meetings to be streamed live via computer, tablet, or cell phone. Town residents can go to the town’s website and click the icon for live streaming. The  live video of the proceedings kicked off at the February’s Town meeting and 79 people tuned in. Bosworth also moved public comment time at town meetings to the top of the agenda instead of at the end. 

 

And there is more to come, as Bosworth looks ahead. She plans to build on the works her two immediate predecessors, May Newburger and Jon Kaiman, especially noting the 311 phone number and Project Independence (for senior citizens). Stating that “the seniors are the ones who built this town,” and noting the importance of senior citizen projects, Bosworth emphasized her desire for more programs for young families. 

 

With a very full first few months and a very full agenda ahead for the years ahead, Bosworth has a lot to do. But as she told the Illustrated News,  “It’s an honor to do this job.”

News

School spirit was at an all-time high when community members joined students, administrators, faculty and staff for Sewanhaka High School’s annual homecoming parade and game.

 

The festivities kicked off with a Pep Rally on Sept. 19 on the school’s athletic field and continued on Sept. 20 with a parade that featured colorful banners and beautifully constructed floats based on this year’s “countries” theme. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13. 

 

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team—we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - October 1

Silver Sneaker Fitness - October 2

Live Music - October 3


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